Stopping Malaria at its Source

Thursday, May 23, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 445,000 people died of malaria in 2016—most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.

In Africa, mosquitoes have a strong preference for entering houses at night through eaves—the gaps between the roofs and the walls of houses. The team’s novel eave-tube approach involves blocking the eaves and inserting tubes that act like chimneys to funnel human odors to the exterior of the home. According to Thomas, “The eave-tube approach presents a novel strategy to help combat this challenge by simultaneously making houses more mosquito proof and providing a novel way of delivering insecticides, which creates opportunities for using a wider range of insecticidal products.”

NIFA provided support for this research through the Hatch Act Funds.

Read the article online or view the video at Penn State’s Stopping Malaria at its Source.

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